Trans* individuals, especially, are at an incredibly high risk for victimization via hate crimes. At the intersection of race and gender identity, black trans* women are murdered at an alarming rate. This needs to be at the forefront of the public consciousness, and legal protections against these hate crimes should be enforced to the greatest extent. States rights should not interfere with the safety of LGBTQ individuals, or anyone --for that matter. Protective measures against hate crimes should be instituted and mandated for all states at the federal level.